NJHSA Statement Following the Hostage Crisis at Congregation Beth Israel
JFCS echoes the statement below from the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies. If you or anyone you know need support in the aftermath of this traumatic experience, please reach out to JFCS Louisville at 502-452-6341 x120.
January 16, 2022
The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies joins in expressing deep gratitude for the heroic efforts of the FBI, and of all law enforcement partners, in bringing about a safe resolution to the hostage crisis at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. Once again, a synagogue, a place of peaceful worship, was the scene of a hate filled anti-Semitic act, leaving the members of this congregation to fear for the safety of their Rabbi and of fellow congregants. The Network stands with its member agency, Jewish Family Service, Dallas, as it begins to support the community to manage the impact of the lasting trauma that inevitably follows such a horrific episode. We encourage anyone in need of support to contact their local Jewish human service agency, and for those in the Dallas region to contact JFS Dallas at 972-437-9950. Recognizing that the actions of one individual do not reflect the values of an entire community, the Network is hopeful that this tragedy will bring us all an even greater resolve to advance efforts that support meaningful partnerships between different communities. May the hostages and their families, the members of Congregation Beth Israel, and the community of Colleyville find comfort and peace in the days ahead, and may each of us find a way to honor the heroism of those who worked to bring a peaceful resolution to this crisis, by engaging in acts of unity and working toward a global society that has no tolerance for antisemitism and other forms of hate.
Judy Halper, Board Chair
Reuben D. Rotman, President & CEO
Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies